For almost 50 years, Jimmy Elidrissi served as the Waldorf Bellhop, helping thousands of guests with the delicate chore of getting them from the plane to their rooms at the Waldorf Astoria New York, one of the most glamorous hotels in New York City. He left the Waldorf for the Greek Embassy in Washington D.C. in 2017, and died there Monday of complications from a degenerative eye disease, family members said. He was 74.
Loved by guests and employees alike, Mr. Elidrissi was remembered for his generosity. A photograph of the wizened old gent in a black wool suit surrounded by frosted glass perfume bottles adorned the obituary page of The New York Times.
In 2006, an anonymous donor gave a whopping $3 million to the Waldorf Astoria as a contribution to help prevent the loss of the bellhop position, according to People magazine.
Although he now lives in Washington, D.C., Mr. Elidrissi still works every morning at the Embassy Hotel, family members said.
“We are blessed by the gentle, bright and generous spirits of Jimmy and three generations of the Liakos family,” Jim Liakos, the diplomatic staff chaplain at the embassy, said in a statement. “Jimmy was not just a beloved member of our team at the Embassy of Greece, he was our dear friend, our family and we will miss him very, very much.”